BIOGRAPHY

For over a decade and a half, the celebrated Tippett Quartet has delighted critics and audiences alike with its animated, virtuosic performances and it’s inspired and attractive programming. They have performed at the BBC Proms, Cheltenham Festival, Snape Proms and numerous festivals throughout the UK and abroad, including tours of Europe, Canada and Mexico. The quartet regularly appears at Kings Place, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Bridgewater Hall and frequently performs on BBC Radio 3. Alongside a busy touring schedule, the Tippett Quartet pursues a keen interest in educational work with both schools and universities. They were Ensemble in Residence at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University for 2012-13 and in September 2015 they began an exciting new residency at Royal Holloway University, London and St Edmund’s School, Canterbury. In June 2017, the quartet premiered Nathan James Dearden’s “It’s Not Working” at Kings Place, featuring students from RHUL.

Their broad and diverse repertoire highlights the Tippett Quartet’s unique versatility. They are equally at home with the giants of the classical world as they are with great Hollywood composers. Their impressive catalogue of over twenty releases have not only topped the classical charts but have also entered the pop charts and received universal critical acclaim. They have recorded for Naxos, EMI Classics, Signum, Decca, Classic FM, Somm Records, Vivat, Guild, Real World, Dutton Epoch and Tocatta Classics. The quartet has given numerous world and UK premieres including works by John Adams, Howard Goodall and Stephen Dodgson. 2013 saw them rediscover Gustav Holst’s Fantasy on British Folk Songs which, with the help of the eminent musicologist Roderick Swanston, they were able to complete and give a world premiere on BBC Radio 3. They have also worked with Peter Maxwell-Davies for a performance of his 9th Quartet at the South Bank, with Anthony Payne on his Quartet No.1 for a live BBC broadcast from Spitalfields Festival, and Hugh Wood on his String Quartet No.3 at the Presteigne Festival.

Most recently, the quartet collaborated with pianist and composer Alissa Firsova, a project supported by The RVW Trust, Ambache Trust and Nicholas Boas Trust. Alissa’s Tennyson Fantasy for string quartet was premiered by the Tippett Quartet at Kings Place in 2016 and was subsequently performed at various concert venues across the UK. The quartet is currently recording a CD of Alissa’s music on the Vivat label.

The Tippett Quartet’s latest recording highlights include: a disc of early Alwyn Quartets on the Somm label, for which the performances were described by  BBC Radio 3 Record Review as “excellent” and “exploratory” and by BBC Music Magazine as “immaculate”; the CD release of Damian Montagu’s music on the Decca label, in collaboration with actor Hugh Bonneville; a BBC Radio 3 recording of Matthew Herbert’s reinterpretation of Beethoven Op.135 quartet; and Boosey & Hawkes “4 Strings” edited and compiled by violinist Liz Partridge . Upcoming releases include a Mendelssohn CD for Somm and the complete quartets of Gorecki for Naxos.
The Tippett Quartet have had the great pleasure of collaborating with inspirational soloists such as Kathryn Stott, Craig Ogden, Stephanie Gonley, Lawrence Power, Melvin Tan, Nick Van Bloss, Emma Abbate, Mary Dullea, and Ashley Wass. In 2011 they celebrated the anniversary of the iconic film composer Bernard Herrmann by commissioning an arrangement of “Psycho” and performing it alongside his clarinet quintet Souvenir de Voyages with Julian Bliss and his string quartet “Echoes” in a series of concerts and radio broadcasts. They had the great pleasure of collaborating with Herrmann’s widow Norma Herrmann on many occasions. In 2016, they also gave the premiere of film composer Alberto Iglesias’ string quartet in Madrid. They have also performed with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and have premiered a newly written film score for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent film classic The Lodger.

In 2014 they started a collaboration with some of the UK’s finest Jazz musicians with the launch of their ‘Close To You’ project featuring Matt Ford – a tribute to the album that Frank Sinatra made with the Hollywood String Quartet. They are now continuing this collaboration featuring singer and broadcaster Claire Martin OBE.

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TIPPETT QUARTET

John Mills – violin
Jeremy Isaac – violin
Lydia Lowndes-Northcott – Viola
Bozidar Vukotic – Cello

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